The Algerian film Sola, directed by Salah Essaad, won the Black Iris Award for Best Arabic Feature Film at the Amman International Film Festival – First Film in its third session, which concluded on Wednesday night in Jordan.

In 93 minutes, “Sola”, which has previously toured several festivals around the world, revolves around the story of a single mother, “Sula”, who is kicked out of the family home by her father to find herself. to his son. no home. The film stars Sola Bahri, Idir Benaibush and Frank Avery. Note that the film’s script, written by directors Salah Esaad and Sola Bahri, is based on the actress’ life story.
There were 11 films in the competition, with the jury giving a special mention to the Somali film The Gravedigger’s Wife, directed by Hader Ahmed.
In the category of Arabic feature-length documentaries, which includes seven films, the Black Iris award went to Little Palestine by Palestinian-Syrian director Abdullah Al-Khatib.
The Iraqi film “Take Me to the Cinema” directed by Baker Jaafar received a Special Jury Commendation, while the Lebanese film “The Blue Prisoners” by Zeena Dakkache received a special award from editor Miriam Jaagea .
In the short film competition, which included 14 films, the award went to the Algerian film My Mother’s Voice directed by Murad Hamla, while the jury gave a special mention to the Jordanian film The Mission directed by Mohamed Debbas.
In the category of international cinema, where nine works from different countries competed, the Audience Award in the amount of five thousand dollars went to Al-Obour, directed by Florence Maillet from France.
It should be noted that at the Jordan festival, which highlights the first works of directors and screenwriters, about 50 films from 29 countries were shown during the week.